Re: Boy Scout GOD ruling
Dave Hultberg (eds1!compnect!daveh@PSUVAX1.CS.PSU.EDU)
Mon, 11 May 1992 22:59:02 -0400
Bjarne Steensgaard writes:
> In Denmark we have a YMCA scout organization, a YWCA scout
> organization, and a nonreligious scout organization (DDS). I am a
> member of DDS. The DDS scout law and oath are a bit different from
> the American version. We are supposed to "find our own belief and
> respects others'". There is nothing in this that conflicts with
> atheism. I think that scouting in most countries other than the U.S.
> doesn't have any problems with atheists in scouting.
Before everyone starts jumping on the US and BSA for being different,
please read the following:
"On my honour I promise that I will do my best-
To do my duty to God, and the Queen.
To help other people at all times.
To obey the Scout Law."
Scout Promise from Scouting for Boys by Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell
"On my honour, I promise that I will
do my best to do my duty to God
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law."
Current UK Scout Promise
Current Australian Scout Promise
"On my honour
I promise to do my best
To love and serve God
My Queen, my country and my fellow men,
And to live by the Scout Law"
Current Canadian Scout Promise
So you see BSA is no different than BP himself in requiring Scouts to
believe in god. It is still part of the Scout Promise in the land of
Scouting's birth and at least in the english speaking countries that I
have Scout Handbooks from.
Dave Hultberg Cubmaster Pack 196, Keystone Area Council, Eagle Scout Class of 67
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